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Anthony P F Turner
Linköping University, Sweden
Professor Anthony (Tony) Turner’s name is synonymous with the field of Biosensors. He joined Linköping University (Sweden) in 2010, to create a new Centre for Biosensors and Bioelectronics. His previous thirty-five-year academic career in the UK culminated in the positions of Principal of Cranfield University at Silsoe and Distinguished Professor of Biotechnology; he is now an Emeritus Professor at both Cranfield, and at Linköping where he works half-time. In addition to his academic activities, he has specialised in leveraging IP and driven numerous biosensor start-ups over the past three decades.
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In 2016, Prof Turner was awarded the Ukraine’s highest academic honour, the Vernadsky Gold Medal from the National Academy of Sciences. Also, in the same year, he was awarded the Datta Medal by the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS). He was elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in 2013 and admitted as a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Chemistry in 1996. He was awarded a Higher Doctorate (DSc) for his exceptional contribution to biosensors by the University of Kent in 2001 and an Honorary DSc by the University of Bedfordshire in 2008, where he served as a Governor for six years and is a Member of Court. He was elected a Foreign Associate of the USA National Academy of Engineering in 2006, for his work on glucose sensors, environmental monitors and synthetic recognition molecules and has been a Visiting Professor at various universities in the UK, Italy, Korea, Japan and China. Anthony Turner has over 750 publications and patents (>350 refereed journal papers and reviews) in the field of biosensors and biomimetic sensors and is probably best known for his role in the development of commercial glucose sensors for home-use by people with diabetes. He has an h-index of 78. He published the first textbook on Biosensors in 1987, is Editor-In-Chief of the principal journal in his field, Biosensors & Bioelectronics (Elsevier) and chairs the World Congress on Biosensors, which he founded in 1990.
Asian Congress Chair
Professor Man Bock Gu
Korea University, Korea
Dr. Man Bock Gu is a professor, the department chair, and the director of BK21 PLUS School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology in the Department of Biotechnology at Korea University, Seoul, Rep. of Korea. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado, USA in 1994, and completed his postdoctoral studies in Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware, USA in 1995, where he worked on the bioluminescent bacterial biosensors with Dr. Robert LaRossa at DuPont Central Research & Development.
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He had been a PI of the National Research Lab (NRL) on Biosensors, while he was a professor at Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), Gwangju, Rep. of Korea, from 1996 to 2005. Prof. Gu has received a few fellowships and awards, including an Alexander von Humboldt research fellowship, many awards from the Korean Society of Biotechnology and Bioengineering (KSBB), and Prime Minister’s Commendation and Citation Ribbon for Research from Ministry of Science and Technology of Korea. Prof. Gu was a president of Korean Biochip Society in 2014. He is a regular member of Korean Association of Science and Technology (KAST) since 2015. He has edited a few books, authored many book chapters, hold numerous patents, and published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers. His current research interests include the innovations on aptamers, enzymes, and cells with various nano-size materials, nanocomposites, and nanofibers and microbeads for biosensing, imaging, and other applications.
Professor Frances Ligler
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University, USA
Frances S. Ligler is the Lampe Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at NC State University and UNC-Chapel Hill and an elected member and Councillor of the National Academy of Engineering. Before 2013, she was the Senior Scientist for Biosensors and Biomaterials at the US Naval Research Laboratory.
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She earned a B.S. from Furman University and both a D.Phil. and a D.Sc. from Oxford University. Currently working in the fields of biosensors, tissue-on-chip, and microfluidics, she has over 400 full-length publications and patents, which have led to eleven commercial biosensor products and have been cited over 14,000 times with H=70 (GS). She is a Fellow of SPIE, AIMBE, AAAS and the National Academy of Inventors. She also serves on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Board on Chemical Science and Technology. She has been awarded the Homeland Security Award by the Christopher Columbus Foundation, the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Senior Professional by President Bush, and the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Senior Professional by President Obama. In 2014, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece. She is a 2017 inductee of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Professor Loïc J. Blum
Université Lyon 1, France
Loïc J. Blum received the Doctorat de spécialité (1983) in Biochemistry and the Doctorat d’Etat ès Sciences (1991) from the université Lyon 1.
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He is presently Professor of Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the same university and is involved in the development of Nanobiotechnologies-related topics (biosensors, bioanalytical micro and nano systems, biochips and biomimetic membranes) and in enzyme engineering, particularly, biocatalysis in non-conventional media.
In 2007, he cofounded the state-funded (CNRS and university of Lyon 1) research unit "Institute for Molecular and Supramolecular Chemistry and Biochemistry" (Institut de Chimie et Biochimie Molécuaires et Supramoléculaires-ICBMS) which he led until 2015. He is presently Vice-President for Partnerships and Innovation of université Claude Bernard Lyon 1.
Since 1983 author or co-author of ca. 220 articles and book chapters, co-editor of a book on Biosensors (Biosensor Principles and Application, Marcel Dekker,1991), author of a book on Bio- and Chemi-Luminescent Sensors (World Scientific,1997). He is also Member of the Editorial Board of Analytical Letters and Editor of Biosensors & Bioelectronics.
Professor Justin Gooding
Justin Gooding, University of New South Wales, Australia
Scientia Professor Justin Gooding is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and is currently an ARC Australian Laureate Fellow and the co-director of the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine.
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He is also editor-in-chief of the journal ACS Sensors. He graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) from Melbourne University before obtaining a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford and received post-doctoral training at the Institute of Biotechnology in Cambridge University. He returned to Australia in 1997 as a Vice-Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He was promoted to full professor in 2006. He was one of the recipients of a 2004 NSW Young Tall Poppy award, a 2005 Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, the 2007 RACI Lloyd Smythe Medal for Analytical Chemistry, the 2009 Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, the RACI 2011 H.G. Smith Medal for contributions to chemistry, the 2012 RACI R.H. Stokes Medal for electrochemical research, the 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry Australasian Lecturer, the 2013 NSW Science and Engineering Award for Emerging Research, the 2016 Faraday Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry Electrochemistry Division and the 2016 Biosensors and Bioelectronics Award. He leads a research team of 40 researchers interested in surface modification and nanotechnology for biosensors, biomaterials, electron transfer and medical applications.
Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology, Spain
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After his PhD (1991) at Tirana University (Albania), in the topic of Ion-Selective-Electrodes (ISEs) Dr. Merkoçi worked as postdoc and senior researcher/invited professor in the field of nanobiosensors and lab-on-a-chip technologies in Italy, Spain, USA and since 2006 at ICN2. Prof. Merkoçi research is focused on the design and application of cutting edge nanotechnology and nanoscience based cost/efficient biosensors. The paper/plastic-based nanobiosensors involve integration of biological molecules (DNA, antibodies, cells and enzymes) and other (bio)receptors with micro- and nanostructures/motors and applied in diagnostics, environmental monitoring or safety and security. He has published around 250 peer review research papers, supervised around 25 PhD students and has been invited to give plenary lectures and keynote speeches in around 100 occasions in various countries.
University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Dr. Ozcan is the Chancellor’s Professor at UCLA and an HHMI Professor with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, leading the Bio- and Nano-Photonics Laboratory at UCLA School of Engineering and is also the Associate Director of the California NanoSystems Institute.
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Dr. Ozcan holds 33 issued patents and >20 pending patent applications and is also the author of one book and the co-author of >450 peer-reviewed publications in major scientific journals and conferences. Dr. Ozcan is a Fellow of the International Photonics Society (SPIE), the Optical Society of America (OSA), the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and has received major awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, International Commission for Optics Prize, Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award, Rahmi M. Koc Science Medal, International Photonics Society Early Career Achievement Award, Army Young Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award, NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, Navy Young Investigator Award, IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award and Distinguished Lecturer Award, National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award, National Academy of Engineering The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Award and MIT’s TR35 Award for his seminal contributions to computational imaging, sensing and diagnostics.
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Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan
Dr. Koji Sode is a Professor in the Division of Biotechnology and Life Science, Institute of Engineering, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. He is the team leader of Life Science Research Team at the Institute of Global Innovation Research.
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Dr. Koji Sode received B.S. in chemical engineering, M.S. in electrochemistry and PhD in engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech.). During his graduate student period, he engaged as a research fellow at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich (ETH-Z), Biotechnology Institute. He started his academic appointment as Research Associate (Assistant Prof.) at Tokyo Institute of Technology, following at The University of Tokyo. In 1990, he was promoted as an Associated Professor, at the Department of Biotechnology, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. In 2000, he was promoted as full Professor in the Department of Biotechnology & Life Science.
He has been engaged in the variety of research projects with many internationally pronounced industrial partners, especially in the field of the development of novel biodevices for medical application. He also launched a start-up company, Ultizyme International Ltd., and serving as the science and technology advisor.
He is the author of more than 280 peer reviewed papers and holds numerous international patents relating on biosensing technlogies His current research interests are 1) Biomolecular engineering toward the application for biodevice development and novel bioprocess design, 2) Biodevice development, 3) Synthetic biology; creating novel biocatalyst/microorganisms for green processes.
Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Professor Xian-En Zhang received his B.Sc. (Biology) from Hubei University in 1982, M.Phil. (Microbiology) and Ph.D. (Biochemistry) later from the Institute of Virology and the Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), respectively. In 2015, he received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Alberta, Canada.
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In 1993, he became a full professor at Wuhan Institute of Virology, CAS. He has been active in interdisciplinary sciences, specializing in biosensors, nanobiology and analytical pathogen microbiology. He has published more than 230 peer-reviewed papers and three books on biosensors.
He had served as a former vice chair of the Chinese Society for Microbiology, a vice chair of the Biophysical Society of China, and a member of the Advisory Board of the London Center for Nanotechnology successively, and now act as a vice chair of the Chinese Society of Biotechnology, co-chair of the Division of Nanobiotechnology/Biosensors/Biochips, Asian Federation of Biotechnology (AFOB), editorial member of a few scientific journals.
In 2002, Professor Zhang was appointed as Director General of the Basic Research Department, China Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), where he was mainly involved in national planning for science, implementation of National Key Basic Research Program and the State Key Laboratories Program.
In April 2013, he completed his duty in MOST and joined the Institute of Biophysics (IBP), CAS, and is now a distinguished professor in the Center of Excellence of Macromolecules of IBP, CAS, while serve as the China’s representative to the APEC Chief Science Advisors and Equivalents Meeting. His recent research directions include molecular/nano biosensors for biological events in live cells, viral/microbial elements-derived nano-biosensors, and portable biosensors for health care.
Biosensors 2020 is organised and sponsored by Elsevier / Biosensors & Bioelectronics with the support of Linköping University, Sweden.
Linköping university (LiU)
Since its foundation in the 1970s, Linköping University (LiU) has established itself as an innovative and modern institution in both education and research with strong links to industry. Over the past decade, LiU has achieved rapid growth, involving the establishment of a new campus in the twin city of Norrköping. With a student population of 25,000 and 3,500 employees, LiU is one of the major universities in Sweden.
The Department of Physics, Biology and Chemistry (IFM) is one of 14 Departments at LiU and has been in operation for three decades and has expanded substantially to around 330 employees, including 40 full professors and some 130 graduate students. In addition, approximately 100 guest researchers visit every year. IFM has more than 30 years of experience in Biosensor and Chemical Sensor research, with work from key figures such as Professors Ingemar Lunström, https://people.ifm.liu.se/ingemar/ Bo Liedberg, cms.ifm.liu.se/applphys/molphys Fredrrik Winquist cms.ifm.liu.se/applphys/s-sence/people/fredrik-winquist and Carl-Fredrik Mandenius cms.ifm.liu.se/applphys/biotech resulting in many innovative technologies, such as gas-sensitive field-effect devices, electronic noses and the highly commercially successful application of Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) to biosensing by Biacore.
In November 2010, IFM established a new Biosensors and Bioelectronics Centre under the leadership of one of the other pioneers in the field, Professor Anthony P F Turner, www.ifm.liu.se/biosensors who moved to IFM from Cranfield University in the UK. Professor Turner led the team that developed the technology that now dominates the home blood glucose monitoring market, is Editor-In-Chief of the principal journal in the field, Biosensors & Bioelectronics, founder and Chairman of the World Congress on Biosensors and has over 750 publications and patents in the field of Biosensors. Together, the group can claim to have had some of the most significant impact on the field of Biosensors to date and continue to drive forward the boundaries of the subject and its practical application for the future.